Last Updated on 14 August 2023 by Poorna & Brinda
We love food streets! We love street Food! India is the place to experience it. It is a gourmet’s delight!
As travellers we always love to explore local cuisine. Whether it is “Benne Dose in Davanagere” or Poha Jalebi in Bhopal or Momos in Mirik or Kashmiri Chai in Kashmir it has always been a gourmet experience for us.
In fact we have gone in search of well-known and iconic places wherever we have travelled. While some cities have lovely stand alone restaurants, others do have streets lined with fabulous street food joints.
When we started listing the “food streets” we were surprised at the long list. We present the street food delights and the food streets you should explore while travelling in India.
1. Bangalore – VV Puram, Mosque road, Avenue road and Church street
Naturally we are starting with Bangalore, our home town. The city is a gourmet’s paradise.
We can easily identify food streets in three places – VV Puram, Mosque road, Church street and Nagarthpet/Avenue road.
Go to food street in VV Puram for all types of South Indian street food – Akki rotti (Rice roti), Idlis, Dosas – many varieties, Mandakki, Dabeli etc etc.
Mosque road and surroundings is for you if you are looking for Non vegetarian food. Start with iconic Albert bakery for Kheema puffs and explore for Biryanis, Goshts, rolls etc This place is a must visit for non vegetarian lovers especially during Ramadan month.
The Avenue road/Nagarthpet opens up in the evening with a delightful vareity of street food. Savour the dosas and Idlis and other south India snacks.
Lastly, Church street is for all those who yearn for continental stuff. Look out for rolls, coffee shop, dough nuts and of course sip the authentic coffee in India coffee-house!
2. Mumbai – Muhammad Ali road
This is a meat eater’s delight.
Start from Minara Masjid and enjoy the culinary delights as you explore the stalls on the street. The variety of kebabs, barbecues, curries is overwhelming.
My Bambayya friend who is a hardcore non vegetarian says that he has to visit this place once a week, if not more! Being veggies we go by his experience.
If brave enough, cross over to Bhendi Bazar for Bara Handi. End the meal with Firni and Malpuas from Suleiman Usman Mithaiwala.
3. Kolkata – Gol Park
The Two KMs stretch from Gol Park to Dhakuria bridge is a paradise of Kathi rolls.
But you will also get a taste of Kolkata biryani. Veggies can take a heart too. Mouchak serves Puri – Sabjee and Hing Kachoris, and of course Sondesh. Savour Pucchkas at small stalls of Pushkwalas near Dhakuria bridge.
What about fish? Yes, Benfish, the Bengal Fisheries department parks its van outside Dakshinapan serving mouth-watering fish fingers etc.
4. Delhi – Paranthawale Galli
Your trip to Delhi will not be complete without savouring the street food of Old Delhi.
Crispy Paranthas from Pandit Kanhaiyalal Dixit, hot jalebis from “Old and Famous jalebiwala”, Golgappas from Balaji chaats, Kachoris, Biryani and muglai dishes around Jumma Masjid area in Bakra, Jawahar Hotel, Rabri-Falooda from Gianji’s.
You will be spoilt for choice. Check out all details here in this blog – Paranthe Wali gali – Much More than Paranthas!
5. Indore – Sarafa Bazar
Sarafa bazar is equivalent of Paranthewali Galli of Delhi. A mecca for vegetarians. Dahi vada and Butta Khees at Joshi’s, Chats at Vijay Chat. For more details check out this post in this blog.
6. Bhopal – Chartori Galli
Chartori Galli is a narrow lane in Ibrahimpura in Bhopal.
This is street food in true sense. A food street rich in Bhopali Mughlai flavours. A mecca for meat and fish lovers.
Marinated meats & fishes are displayed in front of you & are made on request right in front of you. There is almost nothing that is made & stored. This is also the place to savour the famous “Kebab bun” of Bhopal.
For vegetarians, you have samosas and heavenly Suleimani Chai!
7. Lucknow – Chowk and Aminabad
Chowk in Lucknow is a street food paradise, mostly non vegetarian.
You start with delicate Gilouti Kebabs in iconic Tundey’s and follow it up with Kakori Kebab of Aslam and wash it with Raja ki Thandai!
Vegetarians may not get disappointed. You have Dixit Chaats for lovely snacks.
Starters done, for Biryani head to Aminabad. Better pick up an auto rickshaw to Wahid ki Biryani. Chowk can consume your entire day, of course—beginning before breakfast with ‘makkhan’ and ending long after dinner with paan and Kashmiri chai.
You can also check out Kulcha and Nihari in Rahim’s. End it with tasty Kulfi in Prakash Kulfi. Thanks to our friends in Lucknow who helped me with this list.
8. Varanasi – Around Vishwanath temple
The serpentine lanes of Varanasi around Vishvanath temple is a treasure trove of vegetarian delicacies.
Savour Poori made in Desi ghee and Chole in Ram Bhandar, Drink lassi in Blue Lassi corner, savour the crispy samosa and malpuas in Raj Bandhu, Tikki Chole at Dina Chaat, Crispy Kachoris in Kachori galli, in winters try Nimis at Markandeya, bhang laced thandai at Baba Thandai and of course chai in Kullad and famous Banarasi pan at many stalls along the lanes!
Check out more details here in this blog – Of Lassi and Labyrinth
9. Amritsar – Old city and Majithia road
The streets around the Golden temple is where you get some authentic Punjabi dishes.
Eat legendary Punjabi vegetarian meal – authentic Maa di Dhal – cooked in desi ghee in “Kesar da Dabha”. If you have finished with dhal in Kesar, then head to “Bharawan Dabha” for that out of the world “Baingan da bartha”.
Once you finish them, wash it with a big glass of Lasssi at Amritsar lassiwale near Regent cinema. Though the vegetarian joints are close-by and walkable, if you are looking for Amristari fish and Butter chicken then head to Majithia road and Lawrence road.
Take an auto rickshaw and head to Surjit Food Plaza on Lawrence road for that authentic Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala. To Beera’s in Majithia road for Tandoori chicken and then walk down to Makhan Fish for that iconic Amritsari Fish.
10. Ahmedabad – Manek chowk
Like Sarafa Bazar in Indore, this is a vegetarian’s paradise. Like Sarafa Bazar, the place which is a throbbing jewellery market during the day transforms into a Food bazar with numerous stalls which are set up in the evening.
Savour chaats, Pav Bhaji, vegetarian biryanis. Of course there is a host of desserts starting with hot jalebis to Ice golas to Matka kulfis. Gujarati snacks like Fafda, Farsan and hot Jalebis can be savoured in famous Chandra Vilas. For Matka Kulfi head to Bastirams.
11. Chennai – Mint street
We never knew about this till another friend in Chennai mentioned about it.
Mint street is where you get best Rajasthani food in Chennai. Rajasthani food in Chennai, of all the places? Yes. This is the street where you can savour Gol gappas and Onion Kachoris in Kakada sweets and Maya chaats, hot and crispy Jalebis in Ajab Sweets, Kulfi at Maharaja Kulfi. Hot Badam milk at and the surprise -Murukku Sandwich at Murugan Sandwich!
12 Pondicherry – French Colony
We started with Bengaluru and we will end the list with another favourite of ours.
French colony in Pondy is a gourmet and walker’s delight. The cuisine here is French, continental or Creole. So many restaurants around and easy to walk. This is one place where one can spend days exploring the eateries. Coming to brass-tacks and since all the places are close by here is our list
- Le Club, Rue Dumas
- Satsanga on Labourdanais Street
- La Terrase on Subbaiah Street
- La Plancha, Rue Romain Rolland
- La Maison Rose
- Cafe Ole
- Roof top restaurant facing the sea on The Promenade hotel
- And lastly Appachi, the best Chettinad meals served on Plantain leaves